WEST CENTRAL DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT, Neb. (KNOP) - Shannon Vanderheiden of the West Central District Health Department confirms one case of whooping cough in the district. She could not reveal the exact location of the case.
She says that Pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough" is highly contagious, and that vaccinating against the disease is the best way to protect yourself and others. She says while the vaccination is not one-hundred percent effective, those who do get the disease after vaccination have a much less severe case of the disease.
Early signs of whooping cough include common cold-like symptoms, for the first week or two. After 1-2 weeks, the disease advances to coughing fits, and the rapid, high pitched "whooping" sound, and vomiting, and being very tired.
Vanderheiden says if you have been exposed or have signs of whooping cough to call your doctor and the Health Department before going in, so as to not expose others to the disease.
Babies and those with a compromised immune system are the most vulnerable.